Actor Trivia Actors Who Have Directed Films  

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Several famous actors and actresses have directed films and many of their films have even gone on to win Academy Awards. A few actors appear in nearly every film that they direct, while others focus their attention solely on directing when they're behind the camera. This list of actors who have directed films is loosely ranked by fame and popularity. 

Who is the most famous actor turned director? Clint Eastwood tops our list. Eastwood has directed such films as Mystic River, Invictus, and Flags of Our Fathers. He is a two-time Oscar-winning director for his films Million Dollar Baby and Unforgiven, and he starred in both of them as well.

Ben Affleck has become an accomplished director leading the way on films such as Gone Baby Gone, The Town, and Argo, which won Best Picture of the Year at the Academy Awards in 2012.

Are you surprised that so many actors have sat in the director's chair? Check out this list of The Best Directorial Debuts of Famous Actors.

Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Actors Who Have Directed Films
Unforgiven, Million Dollar Baby, Gran Torino
Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Actors Who Have Directed Films
The Brave
Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Actors Who Have Directed Films
Looking for Richard, Wilde Salomé, Chinese Coffee
George Clooney is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Actors Who Have Directed Films
Good Night and Good Luck, The Ides of March, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
Tom Hanks is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Actors Who Have Directed Films
That Thing You Do!, Larry Crowne
Jack Nicholson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Actors Who Have Directed Films
The Two Jakes, Goin' South, Drive He Said
Nicolas Cage is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Actors Who Have Directed Films
Sonny
Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Actors Who Have Directed Films
The Great Debaters, Antwone Fisher
Sandra Bullock is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Actors Who Have Directed Films
Making Sandwiches
Woody Allen is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Actors Who Have Directed Films
Annie Hall, Manhattan, Midnight in Paris
Robert De Niro is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Actors Who Have Directed Films
A Bronx Tale, The Good Shepherd
Ben Affleck is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Actors Who Have Directed Films
Argo, The Town, Gone Baby Gone
Edward Norton is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Actors Who Have Directed Films
Keeping the Faith
Kevin Costner is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Actors Who Have Directed Films
Open Range, The Postman, Dances with Wolves
Sylvester Stallone is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Actors Who Have Directed Films
The Expendables, Rambo, Rocky Balboa
Orson Welles is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Actors Who Have Directed Films
Citizen Kane, The Muppet Movie, The Third Man
Charlie Chaplin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Actors Who Have Directed Films
City Lights, The Gold Rush, Modern Times
Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Actors Who Have Directed Films
Robert Redford is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Actors Who Have Directed Films
The Company You Keep, The Conspirator, Lions for Lambs
Sean Penn is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Actors Who Have Directed Films
Into the Wild, The Pledge, The Crossing Guard
Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Actors Who Have Directed Films
Nil by Mouth
Marlon Brando is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Actors Who Have Directed Films
One-Eyed Jacks
Ben Stiller is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Actors Who Have Directed Films
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Tropic Thunder, Zoolander
Robert Duvall is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Actors Who Have Directed Films
Assassination Tango, The Apostle, Angelo My Love
Mel Gibson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Actors Who Have Directed Films
Apocalypto, The Passion of the Christ, Braveheart